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US Immigration Update (October 1, 2020): The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted the motion for preliminary injunction temporarily halting the implementation of USCIS final fee rule in its entirety and on a nationwide basis. This means that the new fee increases have been STOPPED, at least for now. We will update this webpage with information and guidance on further developments. Please check back frequently.

What happens next?
The Government (USCIS) will likely appeal to the 9th Circuit court to get the fee increases pushed through. However, no one knows when the appeal will happen or what the result of the appeal will be.

What does this mean for you?
No one knows if or when the new fees will be made effective, but as long as the injunction is in place the USCIS cannot raise fees. Taking into consideration that fees could go up for many applications at any time, it's generally a good idea to prepare & file your Green Card or Citizenship applications sooner rather than later.

See the chart below to see the differences in the current vs new fees.

Current vs New Fee Increases

Form #Immigration ApplicationCurrent FeesNew FeesExtra Fees% Increase
N-400U.S. Citizenship$640$1,170$530+83%
I-130/I-485Family Green Cards$1,760$2,860$1,100+62%
I-751Petition to Remove Conditions$595$760$165+28%
I-765Employment Authorization (EAD) - (Non-DACA)$410$550$140+34%

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G-884 (Return of Original Documents)

G-884 (Return of Original Documents)

Those applying for federal, local, or state benefits generally need to submit USCIS form G-845 (Verification Request (SAVE agencies).and possibly the G-845 Supplement. In many cases, immigrants need to submit original documents as part of the G-845 Supplement to prove their status. Unfortunately, in many cases photocopies are not acceptable for this form but if you do submit your documents with the supplement you may need them back promptly. If that is the case, you can use USCIS Form G-884 (Return of Original Documents) to request the return of your documents. You can submit your completed Form G-884 to the USCIS service center, district, or office handling your case (in the event that no decision has yet been made in your case) or the USCIS service center, district, or office which last handled your documents before a decision was made.

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